Smartphones are getting smarter with every new generation, and so are their cameras. But when you combine a good photographer and a good smartphone, the sky is the limit. Quite literally. Zach Honig of The Points Guy recently shot magnificent Northern lights with nothing but his iPhone, handheld at a 3s exposure. He shared his experience and some photos with DIYP, so let’s see how he did it.
Graduated ND filters will help you get perfect exposure in-camera when shooting landscapes and cityscapes. However, the area they cover sometimes just won’t cut it for the scene you’re trying to capture. Of course, you can sometimes fix it in post, but why not try getting it in-camera?
In this video, Karl Taylor demonstrates a simple, but effective technique of dodging and burning in-camera, relying on the old darkroom method. It will help you nail the exposure, preserve details in highlights, and it could save you some post-processing time.
In honor of Inktober, Isaac Alvarez of UNPLUG Production made his own ink-related project. But rather than making an ink drawing, he focused on commercial watch photography. He used only a simple two-light setup and some super-cheap items, most of which we all have lying around the house. Despite the low-budget setup, the results are professional-looking, so let’s dive in and see how he did it.
Maps are wonderful things. They don’t just let us figure out how to get from here to there, but they can also provide context, especially in travel videos. They let the viewer see how far we’ve gone, or get an idea of the surrounding area, or one of a million other reasons you might want to put a map in your video.
Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, doing this is now easier than ever. In this video, Jason Boone walks us through one way to create them using Google My Maps and Google Earth Studio to create an image sequence you can bring into your video editor.
Adobe’s Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing applications in the world. Like most non-linear editors, though, Premiere Pro can seem very overwhelming to new users, especially when it comes to effects. In this new video series, Justin Odisho is on a mission to go over every single effect available in Premiere Pro.
Each video goes over a different group of effects available natively in the effects panel of Premiere Pro. He takes a deep dive into each of the effects to explain exactly how they work and what each of the options available to them does.
There are many reasons to print your photos, we’ve urged you to do it dozens of times. Having your images printed has plenty of good sides, but it comes with a set of questions that makes most of us confused. In this video, Aaron Nace of PHLEARN teams up with Xander Fischer of Print Lab Chicago to talk about this topic. They answer some of the most asked questions about photo printing and give you tips that will help you get perfect prints every time.
V-Flats are one of those most underrated studio accessories, but one of the most useful and versatile. At their core, they can do two things. They can reflect or block light, and that’s pretty much it. But photography is all about light, and controlling it through reflections and blocking.
They’re particularly useful when it comes to shooting portraits as their reflective sides can produce beautiful soft light and specular reflections. And they can also help to create a lot of drama. In this video from V-Flat World, photographer John Gress shows three different ways to use V-Flats for portraits using just a single light to get three different looks.
This year, fall kinda caught me off guard. I was in a light summer dress, chilling by the river, and all of a sudden: it’s October! I have to wear a jacket and boots, and days have become shorter and colder. It’s often rainy, cloudy and dull, and for many of us, taking photos is not the first thing that comes to mind in this weather. But there’s a way to spice up your photography even when the colorful leaves and the rare sunny days aren’t on your side.
Rainy, cloudy days are perfect for shooting glowing mushrooms, and in this video, Christian Möhrle will show you how. It’s simple and fun and it can give you some neat results.
Levitation photography is a relatively new topic, only really taking off in the last 20 years or so since digital cameras ousted film. But it’s become a very popular one. Often it’s done by balancing on top of objects or suspending from a string that will be photoshopped out later, but there are ways to do it without Photoshop.
Many of the ways to do it without Photoshop just involve good timing (or a little luck). You need to capture somebody mid-jump or an object as it hurtles through the air, but there are other tricks you can do to make it look a little more like levitation. In this 5-minute video, COOPH looks at a number of ways you can help to sell the effect without Photoshop.
Most of us won’t have the chance to take photos at the actual Star Wars movie set. But hey, that’s why we have action figures! With figurines and miniatures, we can create realistic action scenes and take some epic photos. And what’s more, we have an excuse to play with toys.
So, if you’re up for some action shots at your own home, Photographer Raj Khepar shares a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks in his latest video. Follow them if you want to take epic toy photos on a very limited budget, mostly with the stuff you have lying around the house.